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Method for Non-Participatory Party Chat Meeting.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130424D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to allow a non-participatory third party to initiate a conversation between two or more individuals outside of a multi-member chat meeting.

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Method for Non-Participatory Party Chat Meeting .

Instant messaging is a widely used tool for communication today. It is form of electronic communication that provides immediate correspondence between the participants. Not only are two parties able to join a conversation, but they are also able to invite others. One known problem is that in order to have group conversation, the initiator must be a part of the conversation. Everyone needs to be a part of the conversation before the initiator is able to drop off. Currently there is no way for the initiator to start a conversation between two or more individuals without being a part of that multi-member chat meeting.

At this moment for multiple parties to engage in a chat conversation, all parties must be participants in the conversation. There are times, however, when one party would like to initiate a conversation between two or more separate parties without being included in that conversation. This invention would allow for a person (ie. Manager, support, system admin) to initiate a conversation between two or more independent parties.

Advantages:
1) There is no need to physically contact the individual(s)
2) There is no need for the initiator to be included in the conversation

Using existing chat infrastructure, this method would allow for the initiator to select from a predefined listing of individuals in their buddy list and/or enter the shortnames or partial names for lookup in a global directory to connect the...